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Embiruçu-do-Cerrado (Pseudobombax longiflorum) no céu - The Shaving Brush Tree (Pseudobombax longiflorum) in the sky  44 279 - 10 | by Flávio Cruvinel Brandão
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Embiruçu-do-Cerrado (Pseudobombax longiflorum) no céu - The Shaving Brush Tree (Pseudobombax longiflorum) in the sky 44 279 - 10

About Shaving Bush Tree:

Several years ago we had a question about this most unusual plant and we saw several of the blooming flowers. Its common name is shaving brush tree (Pseudobombax longiflorum). Other common names are Guiana water chestnut and wild cocoa, but I haven’t found any references using the name slipper plant. It is a native of Brazil and is cultivated as an ornamental tree in the tropics and in southern Florida. The family that grew the shaving brush tree in Lafayette grew it in a container and put it indoors during winter for protection.

The deciduous tree is about 12 feet tall and grows best in poor, sandy soil, in full sun and high temperatures. It requires regular water, but cannot tolerate over-watering. Bloom time is from late summer to early winter. The fragrant flowers open at night and stay open the next day, although quality fades during that day. The petals are pure white and curled backwards. The velvety green foliage drops off before bloom begins. The flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.

Most of my information on shaving brush tree comes from the Dave’s Garden website (, so the plant may be available from that address.

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Nome: umburuçu, imbiriçu, Imbiruçu-do-cerrado.

Pseudobombax longiflorum

Nome: umburuçu, imbiriçu

Familia: Bombacaceae

Genero: Pseudobombax

Especie: longiflorum

Botanico: (Mart. & Zucc.) A.

Ocorrencia: cerradão, cerrado

Floracao: de junho a julho

Descricao: Espécie caducifolia

Porte: árvore

Folhas: compostas, alternas, palmadas

Flores: estames múltiplos, brancas

Frutos: até 40cm,deiscentes,oblongos,lineares,pilosos,castanho,sementes ovais, sementes envoltas em paina de cor bege

Uso: A paina do fruto é de cor bege, abundante, macia e utilizada para forrar almofadas, travesseiros e usada para fazer cordas por possuir fibras longas. O nome umburuçu vem de imbira=corda e açu=grande.

Árvore de porte médio, casca estriada a fendilhada na base do tronco em árvores velhas, ramos robustos, glabros.

Folhas alternas, compostas digitadas, longo-pecioladas, 7 a 9 folíolos oblongos ou elípticos, glabros, coriáceos, base truncada, aguda ou obtusa, ápice agudo ou retuso, cerca de 20 cm de comprimento e 10 cm de largura. Flores alvas, grandes, isoladas ou em grupos pequenos, com estames numerosos e longos. Fruto cápsula densamente revestida por pilosidade ferrugínea, cilíndrica (ou fusiforme), cerca de 30 cm de comprimento e 5 cm de diâmetro.

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Taken on August 2, 2006